Friday, November 12, 2021

An unproductive week

I don't know what it is with my back, but I've been having quite a few problems with it lately. I've never had back problems before, so this is strange. On Saturday morning I was busy at the kitchen sink, bent over slightly to turn on the garbage disposal & felt the shockwave across my lower back. I couldn't move for a few minutes and didn't know what it was. I finally managed to get to my phone to call DH to come in from the shop. He said it's muscle spasms. What the heck? He's had it before, but not me. I ended up spending the weekend in bed, I could hardly move. I still move slower than usual, but finally started feeling better. By yesterday, I woke up feeling great. Then by the evening, my thigh was in pain. So back to feeling crap again. I had this grand plan to just stay home all week & list, but that didn't happen. Best laid plans....

Monday I decided to run all my errands, so that it's out of the way. 

  • Went to the produce market and came home with a box of apples. Mind you, I nearly dropped that huge box of apples, picking it up from the shelf. I never learn...lol. I made some applesauce and we've been eating fresh apples every day too. I'm gonna have to bake some more apple muffins.
  • Picked up the Ibotta Thanksgiving freebies at Walmart and ended up having enough points to redeem for a $25 Walmart gc. I will use the gc to get our pumpkin pies and yogurt at Sams. I've never made corn muffins, so wish me luck.
  • Picked up more Christmas cards at DT and mailed them. 
  • Loft sent me another $25 Q. Boy, they must really miss me, because they've given me $60 total in the course of one month. It was only good for this week & I, once again, decided to wait & see if they'll do a free shipping day. For Veteran's Day they had extra 50% + 11% off all clearance & free shipping. Count me in!! I bought 3 shorts and a jeans. Spent $6.76 OOP. I didn't want to spend any cash, but it turns out that you can't use the reward if your total is under $25. At first I added a pair of socks to get over $25. Then I changed my mind because I really don't need any more socks. I still have enough socks to last me 2-3 years.  I opted for another shorts instead of wasting cash on socks. 
  • I still had a WHBM birthday gift, which I used to buy a pair of jeans. I actually bought 2 pairs and paid for the rest with a gc. I now only have $2 left on those gcs I got for my birthday & Christmas last year. I think I had about $820 gc total (birthday, Christmas, Valentines or Mother's day). That lasted so long and I bought a ton of stuff. I filled half a closet (about a 2 meter wide closet) with all my purchases (clothes, shoes, purses, jewelry). I have a friend who told me that she once spent $1K on clothes at just one store. I couldn't believe it! She was a couponer too. We used to coupon together. Here it takes me a year to spend less than that & I'm more of a fashionista than she is.





Kroger saw me a few times this week. They had the 97c/18 ct eggs again, so I went and bought the limit. I had a few things on my list, but they didn't have any stock when I went the first time

Trans 1

5 x 18ct Eggs $4.85
Less KC (1.00)
OOP $3.85

Earned 20c Ibotta (10c receipt, 10c eggs)

Trans 2

4 x Thomas english muffins BOGOF $6.58
2 x Oscar Mayer Smokies 4.00
Less Free OM mailer Q (2.00)
OOP $8.58

Earned $5.10 Ibotta ($5 Thomas, 10c receipt) + $1.50 KC (Thomas)

Trans 3

3 x 12pk soda $12.00
Bottle deposit 3.60
Less KC (1.50)
OOP $14.10

Total OOP at Kroger : $26.53
Total earned : $6.80

Yep, it was a good week at Kroger. We were completely out of soda and I've been waiting for a good sale. I didn't care which store had the sale. I just wanted some cheap soda.




The week was even better, cause guess what.... WAGS actually worked slick as snot. The WAGS stars must have aligned...lol I wasn't planning a WAGS trip, but figured I'd make a pit stop since I was already out. 

Trans 1 (DH account)

2 x Tresemme $10.00
2 x Colgate t/p 7.98
1 x Bic razor 5.99
Less Tresemme DQ (5.00)
Less Colgate DQ (2.00)
Less Bic DQ (5.00)
Less WC points (10.00)
Tax 1.44
OOP $3.41

Earned $5 RR (Tresemme), $4 WC (Colgate)


Trans 2 (my account)

2 x Tresemme $10.00
2 x Crest t/p 8.00
1 x Bic razor 5.99
Less Tresemme DQ (5.00)
Less Crest DQ (3.00)
Less Bic DQ (5.00)
Less WC points (10.00)
Tax 1.44
OOP $2.43


Earned $5 RR (Tresemme), $5 RR  (Crest) $3 WC (WYS $12)

Submitted Crest receipt to PG.

My transaction turned out even better than expected (a small MM). I forgot that I had a $3 Spend DQ. I wanted to do a little happy dance. I don't know what was in the WAGS water, but I'm not complaining. 

I didn't do the Crest deal on DH's account, because I deleted the $3/2 Q last week. I had both the $3/2 and $5/3 clipped last week and I knew that it would apply the lowest Q first. So I deleted that Q (you can't unclip their Qs) so that the register would accept the $5/3 Q instead. So I just bought Colgate instead and still got a decent deal. 

Now I'm stuck with $24 RRs that needs to be used in the next 2 weeks. I also have so many other rewards, I need to make a list to keep track of everything. Stores just keep sending me Qs wanting me to come shop. I'm just waiting on free shipping days, otherwise I'll ignore their Qs. Easy peasy. It's not like I want to spend my own money. 

I did no CVS shopping this week. I haven't even looked at the ad. 

Have a great weekend everyone!

16 comments:

  1. It is great stores keep sending things to you! They really miss you.

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    1. I love shopping without having to spend my own money Linda. You can't beat that :)

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  2. Backs never get better, just worse. Ask me how I know. Go to the doctor and stop the problem from getting worse.

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    1. I hope mine doesn't get worse. If it does, I'm definitely getting it checked out. Thank you Linda.

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  3. Wow, great shopping!! You got quite the deals.

    I feel your pain. My back is still iffy, and I think I figured out why. I scrubbed the floor on hands and knees. Very little carpet in this house so there was a great deal of scrubbing.

    God bless.

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    1. Thank you Jackie!

      Oh no. I hope your back heals fast. I told DH that it could've been from me scrubbing the shower tiles last week, because I was bent over for a long time. DST has thrown me off too, so that doesn't help. I always feel jet lagged for a week after changing the clocks (doesn't matter which way it goes). The crazy part is that I never get jet lag when I travel abroad. I guess it's cause I'm too excited to see everyone...lol.

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  4. I’m happy you got in on the Ibotta free turkey dinner. That is such a nice reward. How neat to have $24 in RRs to spend. You and Sluggy are so good with these deals. It makes me want to dip my toe in the water. Lol. I hope you have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you Belinda. I did get free frozen veggies with it too, but that went in the freezer before the pic.

      You should definitely try WAGS, especially since Bailey's good at couponing. They have the best deals, even though their service is crappy most of the time. I post a detailed breakdown so that anyone who's interested can try it too. I do have over $90 in Wags cash (WC) too, but that doesn't expire for at least a year.

      Hope you & Bailey have a wonderful weekend too!

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    2. I forgot to mention that both you & Bailey can sign up for a WAGS account with your different phone numbers. That's a great way to get double the DQs. DH doesn't even know that he has a WAGS account...lol

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  5. Sounds like you had some good deals! I tried on a few items that I'd really like & could replace a couple of gaps in my closet. Now I'm just waiting for the holiday sales. I purchased a couple of very discounted gift cards (Rakuten -> Raise), so now I'm hoping for a good sale for both.

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    1. Thank you HP. I love how you always purchase discounted gcs. I do the same or buy the bonus ones at my favorite stores, then save it for a rainy day. Holiday sales are the best ones to shop. I hope you get lots of good discounts on your items.

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  6. I bought all the wal mart things when I got home. Most will go to the food bank, but I cannot get those limited edition muffins here drat!

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    1. I missed the Walmart coke deal. It didn't show on my phone when I went shopping :( Too bad about the muffins Kim. My local store was OOS, but I found the last 5 packages at a different location.

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  7. It seems like a great many of us are having back pains lately. Mine seems to have gone right now, but I am very careful on how I move.

    Great deals on the shopping.

    God bless.

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    1. Thank you Jackie! I'm thinking all the added stress from the pandemic, shortages & holiday season is what's causing extra tension on our backs. Like you, mine is better but I'm still cautious too. I really don't want a repeat of this.

      Stay safe & warm!

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  8. I have a bad back from an injury at work 26 years ago. Mostly, it is fine but every now and then spasms hit and I am down for the count. I totally feel for you. Hope it was a one off and you don't have to deal with that pain again.

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